UF historic preservation program receives grant for mortar research
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The historic preservation program at the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning has received a $12,500 grant from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training to support research on replacement mortars for historic buildings.
John Beaty, a doctoral student of historic preservation at the college, will head the research behind developing a quick and inexpensive methodology for evaluating the compatibility and durability of repairs to historic masonry. Mortars are made of different combinations of sand and mineral binders such as lime and Portland cement. Because these combinations produce different physical properties, Beaty’s larger goal is to identify the mortar blends that are durable and compatible with historic masonry.
“I am very proud to receive this grant from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training,” Beaty said. “It is a very competitive award, and UF is the only historic preservation educational institute to have been selected.”
Beaty said the funding will help offset the expenses of doing work in the field and help provide specialty equipment needed for the research.
“I see my research as a step toward a larger goal,” Beaty said. “I would like to facilitate the process of conserving our cultural heritage far into the future. Finding the most efficient repairs for historic masonry would be my small contribution.”
The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training — part of the National Park Service – aims to create new technologies and training opportunities to preserve historic resources throughout the United States.
“This prestigious grant is one example of a multitude of significant research initiatives currently under way by historic preservation faculty and students,” said Marty Hylton, director of the college’s historic preservation program. “Research here at University of Florida is helping secure the future of important heritage sites throughout the nation and internationally.”